Self Defense: What is the Difference Between Stun Guns and Tasers?

Recently I attended a class on personal safety given by our local Police Department in conjunction with neighborhood watch. Neighborhood watch does more than talk about home security throughout the year. It sponsors classes on a wide variety of issues relating to crime, and last night it was on personal safety.

Among many other things they talked about the difference between stun guns and tasers. It seems that most people think they are the same thing. And while it is true that a taser is a stunning device, stun devices are not tasers. Let me explain.

Stun guns are the second most popular self-defense product in the world despite the fact that they are illegal in several countries, including most of the European Union. They are illegal in six states in the United States. So before you buy one, make sure that they are legal in your area. You can do that by checking online or by contacting your local police department.

They are hand-held devices that generate electricity from batteries or rechargeable technology. They use high voltage and low amperage to disable an assailant for 5 to 10 minutes giving you time to get away and seek help. They have to be physically applied to an assailant preferably in certain parts of the body for maximum effect. Many women find that requirement objectionable.

The electrical charge causes the muscles to overwork in a very rapid fashion. This rapid work cycle depletes all the blood sugars out of the body so the assailant has no energy to harm you. Stun devices are on average close to 90% effective, but notoriously do not work on guys who are high on drugs or drunk on alcohol.

Tasers are close to 100% effective with more documented stopping power than a 9 mm handgun. Tasers are used currently by over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States and in 20 foreign countries as the premier nonlethal alternative to deadly force. Law enforcement agencies love the taser because it not only saves the lives of the bad guys but helps prevent police officers from becoming injured or killed in the performance of their duties.

Tasers shoots out two electrified barbs with such force that it can penetrate an inch of clothing each. The barbs are attached to an electrified wire with 50,000 volts that can disable an assailant for as long as the 30 second electrical pulse is flowing. You must be able to pass a background check before a taser is activated.

Tasers are considerably more expensive than stun devices, but when your life is on the line cost should not be a factor but your personal protection and personal safety should be at the top of your priorities.

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The civilian Taser C2 Model does the same thing police models do with less bells and whistles.

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